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Sunday, October 26, 2008


The other day, a friend of mine(Sept. 2013 edit - image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono via FreeDigitalPhotos.net) told me that I should start a book review blog because she loved my reviews. I, being the genius I am, replied, "But they're not reviews, they're just what I think about books I've read."

But she put the idea in my head, so I'm going to try it. But be warned, my reviews probably won't be like normal reviews. Is anything I do normal? Seriously, though, writing traditional reviews just won't work for me, so they'll be a little quirky, a little odd, and a lot me. Enjoy!

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

*Ahem. Please excuse me for a moment. I'm about to lose all dignity.


*Okay, I'm done. I'm back. I have (some) dignity again. I'm good.

The Silver Kiss is about sixteen-year-old Zoe, whose mother is dying from bone cancer. Zoe isn't dealing so well with that, but who could blame her? Not only is her mother sick, and the doctors allowing Zoe to see her for shorter and shorter, farther and farther apart visits, but her best friend is moving away, her father has basically quit talking to her because all his energy is focused on Zoe's mother, and Zoe is feeling like she's slowly fading away, disappearing.

So one night, she goes wandering and ends up in a little park near her house, where she meets Simon. Simon is our vampire in this vampire story. (Don't worry, Ms. Klause tells you this right away, I'm not revealing anything big.) He's pale but incredibly handsome in an undead kind of way. And I'm not going to tell anymore or I'll ruin the story, so if you want to know more, you'll have to read the book.

This is the part where I tell what I thought of it, right? Huh, that might be dangerous territory. See above. No kidding, though, I honestly loved it. It's dark, creepy, sweet and Annette Curtis Klause doesn't write like she's aiming at YA readers, she writes like she's just telling the story in her head and who cares if it's not g-rated fluff. (Sore spot, don't get me started on that.) Just so you know, though, it is more PG-13, but there's really nothing inappropriate. It's just a book for mature YA readers. And I don't know about you, but I like that.

Conclusion: I loved it, even though, SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK DON'T READ THIS. SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!! WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS? I SAID STOP READING!! STOP READING!!! LOOK AWAY!!!!! LOOK AWAY!!!! THANK YOU!!! it has a really sad ending, like make you cry sad, and I like happy endings. OKAY, THAT'S ALL. YOU CAN START AGAIN READING NOW. So put this book on your to-read list, rush out, buy it, beg borrow or... er, if I tell you to steal, I'm an accomplice, aren't I? Okay, don't steal, but try to get it, because it's amazing. Happy reading.

That's about all, I think, so until next time, leave a comment if you want and come back soon.

-Yours, Laina

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I hate coming up with titles

I really do. Almost nothing I've written has actually had a title. I barely manage to come up with them for other things like Book Divas and even then it's usually the first few words of my post.

It is October 15th, as of an hour and a half ago. I can't wait for Halloween! I love Halloween; it's like my favourite holiday, almost more than Christmas. I love all the scary stuff on TV, the spooky specials and horror movies they show, the awesome jewelry you can find, like skeleton earrings and all those great things. And hair dye! Coloured hair spray is so easy to find. This is the only time you can find it, in fact, at least around where I live. I love it.

Well, I should be reading (I've started reading while my Internet's loading and I have to say, I've gotten a lot read that way. But I should be going. Til next time, leave a comment if you want and come back soon.
Yours, Laina

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Avatar Pictures the Epilogue/Tuesday October 7th, 2008 Part Two

So I chose a picture I like for my avatar! Something about that picture just appeals to me. What do you, the world in general, and more specifically my one and only reader, think of it?

I finished Confessions of a Teen Nanny and I have to say I wasn't impressed at all, but I don't like giving bad reviews so let's leave it at that.

Now I'm reading The Changeling by Zilpha Keatley Snyder and so far it's pretty good. Published in 1970, it takes place probably a few years before that, but it hasn't been specified yet. It tells the story of a little girl, Martha, whose family has nicknamed Martha the Mouse because she is so timid and quiet, and her unlikely friendship with Ivy Carson, a very un-mousy girl. Ivy is fragile and small and at the same time wild and not afraid of anything. And so far it's sweet and well-written and I'm quite enjoying it.

Well, I think that's it for today, so leave a comment if you want and come back soon.
Yours, Laina

October 7th, 2008

Hey, people, what's up? I'm trying to decide on an avatar, so I'm going to post a bunch of pictures and if you could tell me which ones you like, it'd be greatly appreciated. I'm going to use a rose temporarily, but I want a faerie. I just can't decide which.

Well, I keep getting error messages when I try to upload my pictures, so I'll try again later.
Kay, so leave a comment if you want and come back soon!
Yours, Laina.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

October 5th, 2008

My second post. Wow, time flies by so fast.

So what's happened? Well, I worked today, so I'm twenty dollars richer. That's nice, seeing as I'm still flat broke (and I mean pancake, wafer, crepe flat) broke from buying my laptop. What else? Oh, I know. I'm working on uploading more music, so we'll (ha, we'll, that's funny, like it's not just me and one other person reading this) have some new tunes around here. I switched file host services, so I think this one'll work better.

So, I'm reading a book, Confessions of a Teen Nanny by Victoria Ashton and to tell the truth, I'm not loving it. But I'm only on the third chapter, so I'll hold off on passing judgment for now.

My song's almost uploaded! Then there'll be two songs on the mini-pod! Oh, there's something I should explain. The music on the player so far is all Alexz Johnson, from the Canadian show Instant Star (remind me to post a picture of Tim Rozon to lure you into the show). Anyways, it was on for four seasons, and gave us four seasons of really good music. And the singer of most of that music is Alexz Johnson. About the songs: Another Thin Line is from season two, but the rest of what will probably be on there when this is read is from season one. Later on, I'll add more Alexz, some Skye Sweetnam, some Busted, pretty much whatever I'm listening to.

Well, this seems like a good length and I want to work on the music, plus I'm getting tired, and it's late, so I guess this is all for now. Leave a comment if you want and come back soon.
Yours, Laina

Saturday, October 4, 2008

October 4th, 2008

Hi, I'm Laina, but I guess you kind of guessed that. So it's official. I have waaaay too much spare time. Hence the name, right?
Anyway, this is my blog. It's probably going to be mostly about books, but maybe with some music, some stuff I like and maybe a random recipe now and then.
Hey, sorry about the lone song in the player. I haven't uploaded more yet, but I will soon. I'm still having loads of fun with the gadgets.
So... I think that's all for now. Leave a comment if you want and come back soon to see what I've done with the place.
Yours, Laina.